Destin angler teaches net casting to CHS outdoor education students (VIDEO)

Published: Friday, December 6, 2013 at 01:10 PM.

"It's heavier than it looks," junior Savannah Plaice said.

Senior Chris Cumbie had previous experience casting a net, but was glad he learned the correct approach.

"I've never been taught before," Chris said. "Now I know what to do."

Multi-use nets

Cast nets can haul in more than fish, Rooks said. He and his brother used the nets to catch quail and doves, he said. And his daughter used one to catch a runaway potbelly pig.

"She caught it in one throw," Rooks said.

While Rooks makes a living chartering fishing trips aboard his boat, the "Fish Finder" — "but I nicknamed her 'Matilda,'" he said  — he enjoys speaking to students like Martin's.

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